CYRUS (the Great) (c. 576–529 BC)
Cyrus was the Medio-Persian king prophesied by Isaiah to be an instrument of divine plan – a kind of ‘gentile messianic’ deliverer of the Jewish People (Isa. 45:1). Inscriptions of the time bear out that he was a sympathetic ruler allowing the Jews to restore their Temple in Jerusalem.
Reconstruction of the ancient gates of Nineveh. Nineveh had an estimated population of over 200,000 and was situated on the east bank of the Tigris near Mosul, the second largest city in today’s Iraq.
Locations of the key towns and cities in the story of Jonah with reference to modern-day borders.